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A capable director, a reliable actor and potential for a good plot – Madaari has the three main ingredients to make you want to watch a movie. Of course, the reliability of the actor also comes from the fact that you trust him/her or at the very least are intrigued by his choice of films. And if there is one actor who can do that it is Irrfan Khan.
The plot itself, in its own way has a “A Wednesday” kind of charm. In the same breath, the one concern that cannot be suppressed is that it could be just more of the same – common man avenging the system. Sure, it clearly (and thankfully!) is without the masala associated with such movies. Could that mean it is a more calmed down yet as aggressive version of the Singhams of this world? Can't wait to find out.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Madaari has just the right amount of “thriller” moments that make you wonder what will happen next – will the kidnapper's plan work out? What is the investigation team going to do next? However, that is not Madaari's sole aim. While holding your interest, Madaari clearly has another agenda. The trailer, the promotional material, the tag line, “shhh...desh so raha hai” (quiet, the country is sleeping) all couldn't be more obvious in telling you about its motive – to talk about the state of corruption in the country. It fumbles here, it falters there, but it works.
As a message film, Madaari works as much as a movie can work as a nudge to collective social conscience. No action is really expected from you after you are out of the theater. It will take something much stronger than a movie for that to happen.
Meanwhile though, Madaari makes you smirk at the rot in the society because it is uncommon to see on screen what we have gotten used to seeing off it. It makes you nod your head in agreement at situations that characters find themselves in.
It even makes us clap at some wonderfully written lines. Lines that are witty, insightful and unexpected all at once – yet they are not “filmy”. They are lines that real-life smart alecs, sharp people, sarcastic people, frustrated people would say when caught in the said situation.
The writing shines in the story too. Madaari stays engaging, despite its slow pace, mainly because it is not a one-sided game. Both sides – the kidnapper (Irrfan Khan) and the task force head (Jimmy Sheirgill) are using their wits to make the next move. To that, you add the dilemma – isn't the kidnapper making sense? Isn't his agenda our agenda (in real life)? But is it right to kidnap, whatever your reason? Not to mention that the politician whose son has been abducted is not necessarily all black, even though a lot of his real life choices are politically motivated. Of course, you couldn't be so involved if it were not for actors like Irrfan Khan and Jimmy Sheirgill leading the affair. While we expect nothing less from Irrfan Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill has subtle reactions to what he hears/sees that are not to be missed. There is no dilemma in his mind, and yet you can see the surprise in his eyes and body language that says, “touché”. It is good to see that variation, when he seems to be the go to person to play a task force head for impossible tasks. Vishesh Bansal, the kidnapped kid, is rather functional, but that too had its charm. It is always tiring to see a child actor speaking like an adult.
In fact, there are times in movies with a social message make you wish even adults didn't speak like adults. Madaari doesn't have too much of it but it does fall into the preachy category towards the end, in a very, “you can't handle the truth” manner.
That aside, use of daydreams is another element that was quiet annoying. It's alright for the first couple of times because they are small sections. But playing with the audience using longer sequences of such gimmickry is almost like cheating, like saying it out loud that they aren't confident of the real drama, the real story. Also, it breaks the rhythm of the film. Though the pace of the film slackens because there is nothing new happening in one section of the film, it had a tone. This tone becomes uneven and distracting.
However, these aren't bad enough to take away from the slick editing, the slight non-linearity in the timeline. Along with the camerawork and the music, the flow of the film add to the thriller element of the film.
These bits alone are enough for me to watch the film again. Yes, despite the things that are disappointing. For the social angle, I just might have the kids watch it with me.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India : ...Kamat's execution falters a bit though. He tries too hard to be ambiguous at times, when a simple storytelling could have been as effective. However, overall, his intent deserves an applause as Madaari shames the trend of rising apathy that is often misconstrued as resilience. ... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...If the surname Khan has become synonymous with superstardom in the Bollywood lexicon, then the name Irrfan should be officially recognised as an adjective for quality acting. This Khan makes Madaari a film worth watching. And his presence in contemporary cinema, makes this world a better place to live in. ... full review
So-So, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole MADAARI comes across as a thriller which holds your attention only in parts. It lacks consistency and punch and will therefore appeal to a limited set of audience. At the box office, its business prospects will be limited. ... full review
So-So, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...Madaari may have its heart in the right place, but an average direction and flawed narrative let down the movie’s honest intentions. Watch it only for a terrific Irrfan Khan! But then, the man is good even he is being shown just sitting on a bench! ... full review
So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The film is well-intentioned and has some powerful scenes and a few pithy lines, plus an outstanding performance by Irrfan Khan, but as a ‘voice of the common citizen’ it does not quite work. The anti-politician vigilante does even see the irony in the huge outlay of public funds spent to track him. ... full review
So-So, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...While high on the emotional value, the film does have certain loopholes. How Irrfan manages to get a WiFi connection in Rajasthan’s deserts or how shifts his place abruptly while he is calling the ministry from the bus stuck out like a sore thumb. Overall, the film would do well with those who like movies based on the message of anti-corruption. And yes, Nishikant has even more to do this time around. Madaari is certainly an eye-opener for those who want to be a part of social awakening in our society. The movie is a great watch for the weekend. ... full review
So-So, by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Like Naseeruddin in Wednesday, Irrfan leads the film on his shoulders. Like Anupam in the former, Jimmy provides the correct foil. Watch Madari just for their sake. They make it worth the effort and money. ... full review
So-So, by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini : ...Madaari is definitely worth a watch if you’re into suspense. Although the movies length does dull that quite a bit, as does the needless attention it gives to all societal issues it can cram. The plot may not have some crazy twists, but it's all the better for it. It’s not a must watch, but you definitely won’t regret watching it. ... full review
So-So, by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini : ...The movie could have been better had the chemistry between Nirmal and the 8 year old son of the home minister, Rohan, evolved. But, it doesn't. The low-budget movie fails to strike a chord as the flat OST and insipid dialogues only do the job, nothing more. That efficiency would have helped if there was a saving grace in the screenplay or at least some wit as it was promised early in the movie. But that was not to be. Madaari was not a bad movie. It was made well. Irrfan was brilliant. But, by the end of it, you find yourself wondering, 'why beat the drum we all have heard a hundred times'. ... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Despite its honest appeal, Madaari is a flawed film. The main problem is that where the treatment of the film by director Nishikant Kamath should've been subtle, like the dialogue driven conversations of his screenplay, his choices are the exact opposite. He chooses to engage the drama with loud blaring background music with thundering effects that you'd expect from a Michael Bay film. This particular theatrical treatment becomes all the more obvious in the second half, robbing the film of moments that could break your heart. Instead, you sit there and marvel at a no-holds-barred climax where a lot of actual political truth is revealed in a jingoistic tone. ... full review
So-So, by Ronita Torcato , Free Press Journal : ...‘Madaari’ doesn’t quite work as a thrill-a-minute suspense thriller but just about manages to stay interesting thanks to the two redoubtable actors steering it through the morass of déjà vu mindset impeded by contrivance and convenience. ... full review
So-So, by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live : ...I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for Madaari. Arguably one of the finest actors of our times, Irrfan Khan deserves films worthy of his talent. This one comes up short. ... full review
So-So, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Is Nirmal's outrage enough to change the system? For a film which makes a call for cleaning up the system, its last scene is rather off putting. Kamath's second release of the year is better than his earlier effort, Rocky Handsome. Here the saving grace is Irrfan's act. He truly is the Madaari here. ... full review
So-So, by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, Live Mint : ...The narrative is not entirely smooth, the direction is uneven, the screenplay flirts with unnecessary cleverness and a pre-interval ballad makes you groan. But Irrfan Khan’s soaring performance compensates for many of these niggles and leaves you thinking about the common man’s angst. ... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Madaari is saved to large extent by its eponymous lead Irrfan Khan, who manages a striking performance, despite the predictable storyline. Child actor Vishesh Bansal has a fair share of screen space and delivers on the job. Jimmy Shergill, though largely marginalised after an elaborate introduction, is unobjectionable. Returning to the big screen after long, Tushar Dalvi is as dependable as ever. ... full review
So-So, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...I would have loved this film had the story been taut and the plot a tad bit restrained in its narrative. ‘Madaari’ is engaging but not enough to keep you hooked throughout. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...The kid Vishesh Bansal as Rohan Goswami is excellent. Jimmy Shergill as the investigating officer is fine in the available footage. Tushar Dalvi as the home minister is good. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...Ultimately though, Madaari crumbles under its own lofty ideals and ambition. The slow pace makes the fall even more painful and enduring. And that it had two brilliant actors in Irrfan and Jimmy, who were grossly under-used, only adds to injury. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Madaari is a lost cause. The story in spite of having potential, fails at execution and thanks to its dramatic discourse, shifts away from its focus. I am going with a 2/5 for the film. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...Wish the film had remained a layered compendium of these unique father-son stories or a heart-rending chronicle of grief than a facile rant against the corruption in the system and the power hungry politicians. ... full review
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romit_25: Just watched #Madaari .... had an awesome thrilling n emotional experience..... salute to @irrfank
RJV4U: #Madaari is an Ok Watchable movie ... Very much dragged ... Irrfan Khan acting is top class and nothing more
RjDhvanit: #Madaari 2.5 Mirchis out of 5 #Kabali 3.5 Mirchis out of 5
ravideepchahar: Madaari is an awsum watch .irfan never fails to amaze and impress .Wat a performance !! Great stuff !!must watch
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ohharleen: Madaari was beautiful. EVERYBODY WATCH IT
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nikimarwah: #Madaari apart from being a brilliant movie has some very powerful performances by @irrfank and @jimmysheirgill .
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motherrr: Irfan,Siddiqui and Devgan the best actors of ind cinema..nobody asked my opinion but saying so..brilliant movie.#IrrfanKhan #Madaari
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manasmukul: For every movie featuring @irrfank...there is a @jimmysheirgill to compliment him n that speaks volumes for @jimmysheirgill #Madaari Awesome
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lol_LackOfLogic: #madaari a must watch movie this movie seriously moved me from inside,, it shows the reality of our political parties our so called leaders
LiQuiiiiD: Not draped in flood of fantasies but a taste of common salt, wild love of otherwordly kind. #Madaari awesome @irrfan_k @jimmysheirgill
kumarharsh90: Brilliant work done by @irrfank in #Madaari.Exposing the negligence and deep seated corruption in the system.
kskirun2090: #Madaari is another version of A Wednesday film which depicts the angst of the common man. #Irfankhan is just outstanding throughout!
krunalbgandhi: #Madaari Beautiful movie, though bit superficial storyline. Managed to convey the msg. Great acting by @irrfank
kritisanon: Go watch #Madaari guys!Amazing performance by the man whose eyes speak more than words @irrfan_k
komalbela: Must Watch #Madaari Need to Know about Reality of Corrupt One's A mvi for generation Rite mvi At right Time Well done @irrfank
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joyshrivastava: #Madaari is a bit intense & hard hitting story. Only @irrfank wud have the courage to show the true side of #IndianPolitics! #Bollywood
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itzSSR: Just watched #Madaari .... had an awesome thrilling n emotional experience..... Superb acting by #Irfankhan. A must watch
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insane_case: People here looking at the b.o records of Kabali and Sultan .. Well as a movie #Madaari is better than both .
igreatestkhan: Madaari is 4star rating film
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iamBhavish: Guys, #Madaari is an amazing movie, I'm sure a major chunk will love the story! @irrfan_k @honeybhagnani @poojafilms
iamAB95: #Madaari A Must Watch!!! #Shhhhh #DeshSoRahaHai @irrfank ❤❤ Thanks Again For The Brilliant Act. You too @jimmysheirgill ♡
hsahbus: "Madaari" - a hard-hitting political drama mystery with a very apt finale! Brilliantly acted by Irfan Khan it is a must watch.
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gauravnitk: #Madaari Great performance by the man whose eyes speak more than words @irrfan_k
fazlurchoudhary: Dialogues in Madaari are just awesome 5 Months To DANGAL
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drjasminemehta: #Madaari is Indeed a miraculously outstanding film which shouldn't be missed.Loved the brilliant performance of @irrfan_k.
DesiNoir1: Madaari is far far better then #Kabali. Irfan rocks
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DChandra02: Yepp... #Madaari is exceptional.
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bhupendra_: Watched #Madaari and glad that I did... @irrfank is a pure bliss along with the kid.. Awesome performance... Go for it !!!
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beingCapricious: #Madaari what amazing acting by @irrfank n @jimmysheirgill . Loved d movie.
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ankitliv: Great movie #Madaari. @irrfank -fab as always.
ankit0beroi: An epic thriller with a strong message #Madaari stunning performance yet again @irrfank
amuyuvi: Watched #Madaari ! @irrfank never disappoints, hats off. Superb performance @jimmysheirgill & Vishesh Bansal. Brilliant movie! Must watch
amitchavda: Watched #Madaari 2day. Gr8 performance by every1. Special thx 2 @irrfank sir 4 gr8 movie. Last interview was awesome. Salute 2 full team.
akvarma1990: #Madaari another awesome movie by the man whose eyes speak more than words @irrfank @madaariofficial
AgamAnEntity: #Madaari is a must watch, Make it your 1st choice this weekend. Thank you @irrfank for yet another thought provoking movie.
AficionadoYash: Madaari: Slow, but steady
Adityasuperfly7: #Madaari is by far the best movie of the year so far. @irrfan_k hats off!
AdityaBaBa: watched #Madaari today powerful pack performance by @irrfank Must watch I would say
aditi80588: #Madaari what a brilliant movie.! Too good.! #superb acting by @irrfank
adi10898: #Madaari was a brilliant movie - a strong statement against corruption via a unique storyline.
abt1607: ये मदारी रुला देगा.. @irrfank sir, fantastic act.. #MustWatch_Madaari
abhishekoj007: I watch #kabali.. kahani wahiyat thi I watch #Madaari .. kahani achi nahi thi per sachi thi @kamaalrkhan aap b bik gaye kya sir
abhi88i: A must watch movie #Madaari watch it for some classic acting @irrfan_k ur another movie is now in my all time favorite list..
abhi1128: What an amazing film and superb performances by two most finest actors of the industry --> @irrfank @jimmysheirgill #Madaari
aayshapandey: Madaari.... A Must Watch
99report: Awesome movie,,, desh badlega, be Indian, proud Indian. Beautiful piece of work. Thank you Mr. Irfan #Madaari #irfankhan #movie #Bollywood
10hottkaran: Watch #Madaari
amtanuroy: Watched #Madaari today @INOXLEISURE As usual @irrfank was enigmatic but the #NishikantKamat quotient was missing. Overall nice movie!
Uday47: Disappointing. #Madaari Sad. Expected more.
sumantbanerji: Terribly disappointed by #Madaari & am a long time #IrrfanKhan fan.deja vu.mix of Wednesday & teen.wats happened 2 originality in Bollywood?
HindustaniTweet: अगर #Kabali की टिकट न मिले तो गलती से भी #Madaari मत देखना , इतनी घटिया मूवी देखने के लिए कोई पैसे दे फिर भी मना कर देना
FabyanNunezz: En la antigua China las almohadas eran de porcelana, madera o piedra.
BharatDabhi: #Madaari bakwas movie. Wednesday was far better than this.... Jimmy rocks...
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